Adrian Broadway: The Next Jordan Davis?
Another black teen is dead from a minor incident that escalated into gunfire. Adrian Broadway, 15, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was shot in the head after she and several friends egged the car of a classmate. The incident comes as the nation reacts to the mixed verdict in the Michael Dunn murder trial, over the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Willie Noble, 48, the father of the classmate, has been charged with first degree murder, committing a terrorist act, and five counts of aggravated assault in the death of Broadway and the injury of several other teens. Shots were fired at a white Hyundai Sonata outside a gas station around 1am on Feb 15. Noble allegedly opened fire on the car after the occupants threw eggs and leaves at his son’s car. The occupants of the Sonata ranged in age from 14 to 18.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Dunn was found guilty of attempted second degree murder in the shooting death of Davis; but the jury was hung on the actual murder count. According to reports, Dunn and a car full of teens (including Davis) argued about the volume of the teens’ music in a convenience store parking lot in November 2012. Dunn claims that Davis threatened him and had a shotgun, so he opened fire; but no gun was ever found on or near Davis.
Both cases echo the high-profile trial of George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. However, Broadway’s case may not be fraught with the racial issues of the other two shootings; while Zimmerman and Dunn are Hispanic/Caucasian and Caucasian respectively, Noble, Broadway’s alleged shooter, is black. But the shooting still casts doubt on arguments that guns reduce crime, and highlights how firearms and Stand Your Ground laws may escalate situations.